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Electronic Newsletter September 26 / October 9 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

 

Electronic Newsletter

September 26 / October 9  17th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

 

 


Announcements

There is a ton of stuff this week

1. Fr Seraphim And Deacon Nicholas will be traveling to Des Plaines to the Protection of the Holy Theotokos Cathedral to serve for Pokrov (the Protection of the Theotokos), with Bishop Peter and all the Diocesan clergy. We would appreciate your prayers.
 

2. Because of 1, above, there will be NO services on Wednesday or Thursday this week. We will have our usual Monday Moleben, where we pray for everyone in the parish, or even associated in a small way with the parish by name.

3. The former "Adrian" is now Hierodeacon Athanasius, in Romania. I am not sure when he was ordained, but just found this out from a parishioner. Axios!

4. "FORTY DAYS for LIFE" is in full swing now. I FULLY SUPPORT our participation in this worthy endeavor, and Fr Nicholas, myself, and Matushka Marina (at least) are participating. ARE YOU? I am asking you to!

We will gather at various hours, from 7 am till 7 pm, October 19th, at the Southwestern Late-term Abortion Facility, 8616 Greenville Ave., Dallas.. If you do not know what to do, not to worry! There will be prayers there for us to use. We will sing akathists, and canons. If you cannto sing, you can just say them! 

Abortion is a cancer which kills much more than an unborn child. We must pray not only for mothers who are contemplating abortion, but also those who have had abortions and are suffering in many ways. The world tells them that they have a "right to choose", but the soul tells them something is wrong. Our society is breaking down in almost every way because of immorality, and abortion rights are one of the lynch pins upon which this disintegration devolves. May we in some way contribute to the saving of untold women and men from the "mouth of the lion" because of immorality, which kills the soul.

See http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2011/09/24/orthodox-christians-prayer-for-40-days-for-life-vigil-october-19th-700-a-m-to-700-p-m/  for information on how to sign up and participate in our Orthodox prayer.

5. There will be a "Forty Days for Life" rally and picnic next Saturday, Oct 1, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., Harry S. Moss Park, 8000 Greenville Ave., Dallas. I am going, and will hear Fr Seraphim Hipsch, of our sister parish of St Sava speak. Are you? I am asking you to!  See:

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2011/10/06/40-days-for-life-dallas-rally-sat-oct-15-with-priest-seraphim-hipsch-speaking/

6. Fr Nichoals and Genevieve are gone this weekend for soem well desierved rest at an undisclosed location.

 


Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have updated our list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
 


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Alexandra (4 y/o girl wih brain cancer)
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 10/10

  • 7:30PM Moleben

NO OTHER SERVICES DURING THE WEEKDAYS BECAUSE OF CLERGY TRAVEL

Saturday 10/15

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 10/16 

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza

Fasting in the Coming week

Normal fasting rules apply.Wednesday and Friday are fast days. On Wednesday, please refrain from animal products, fish, wine and oil. On Friday, because it is the Protection of the Mother of God, we will can have wine and oil (but refrain from animal products.) AS ALWAYS, consult Fr Seraphim if you have any questions, problems, etc.

Links

Orthodox Christians Prayer for 40 Days for Life Vigil: October 19th, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

40 Days for Life Dallas Rally (Sat, Oct 15) with Priest Seraphim Hipsch speaking

 

Because of the The Lukan Jump, we read about the Miraculous draught of fish this Sunday. There are a lot of homilies on this subject.

The Miraculous Draught Of Fish 2000 (Word DOC format)

 

The First Great Catch Of Fish – 2002 (audio)

 

The great catch of fish at lake Genesaret – Words to live by: 'Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.' (audio)
You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, Google, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh

 

The Great Catch Of Fish – The Greatest Miracle Was Not The Fish – Audio

 

The First Great Catch Of Fish – We are not saved by works of the law, but by being with Christ. The second great catch of fish illustrates this.
SYNOPSIS:The first Great catch of fish, read in context with the 2nd great catch (which occurred three years later, 8 days after the resurrection) is truly the "Gospel" – the "Good News", because it is a promise to us that we can change and truly become holy – all we need do is be with Jesus Christ throughout our life. We compare the two great catches, and explore what it means to be with Christ. The Epistle reading is from Galatians, them overall theme of which is that we cannot be saved bu . We are not saved by works, but we cannot be saved unless we stay with Christ throughout our life – we examine what this means.

 

Next week, we read from Luke 6:31-36, about the “Golden Rule”



"As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." – Audio

 

The Golden Rule – Ye Shall Be The Children Of The Highest
SYNOPSIS:The "Golden Rule" is explained, including a mention of how the world twists this rule into a sort of magical "law of attraction". The REASON for the golden rule and everything we do is because we are "children of the highest".

 Saint John Of Kronstadt, and The Purpose Of The Incarnation, "Ye shall be children of the Highest" Luke 6:31-36
SYNOPSIS:On this Sunday before Nativity, St John of Kronstadt is also commemorated, and the Gospel for him and his life perfectly describes the purpose of the Incarnation. This Gospel contains our Lord's admonishments to love, using concrete examples, and concludes with the promise "And ye shall be children of the highest". This is the purpose of the incarnation, and examining this Gospel along with St John's life, which struggled to fulfill it illuminates this purpose for us, therefore, on this Sunday when we read the "Begats", it is appropriate to delve into what is means to be children of the highest, and how and why we can attain this high calling. We also suggest another way to describe the "Golden Rule" and what should be our inner motivation for loving our fellow man, and doing anything that is good in this life.

 That oughta keep you busy! 

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Electronic Newsletter August 22/ September 4 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

August 22/ September 4

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.

 


We will be holding our annual membership and pledge drive in September. If you consider St. Nicholas your parish home, please consider filling out a membership form. In addition, new and continuing members are encouraged to fill out a financial pledge form. This is a good-faith estimate of your monthly contributions for 2012, so that the treasurer can generate a relatively accurate budget for the year.

 

Both forms are available in the literature rack in the narthex of the Church, or can be requested by email from Dn. Nicholas.

 


Sunday, September 11th is the annual commemoration of the beheading of St. John the Baptist. Recognizing that this act of violence against God's prophet took place largely because of feasting and drunkenness, we fast on this day. Wine and oil are allowed.

 

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.
  • The suffering people of Minot, ND

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.



Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday 9/3

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 9/4

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School

Monday 9/5

  • NO Molieben

Wednesday 9/7

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 9/8

  • 6AM Liturgy

Saturday 9/10

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 9/11. Beheading of St. John the Baptist. FAST DAY

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School

Fasting in the Coming weeks

We fast normally now. We abstain from meat, dairy, wine and oil on Wednesdays and Fridays.

In addition, Sunday September 11th is a fast day, because of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

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Electronic Newsletter August 8/21 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, August 19th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

August 8/21

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Afterfeast of Transfiguration

 

The Transfiguration of the Savior

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God,

showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure.

Shine forth on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever un-ending,

through the prayers of the Theotokos.

O Light-giver, glory to Thee!

 

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week

Links related to Transfiguration, Dormition


Announcements

We began our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

1. The Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so, will meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Matushka Marina will teach this class.
2. The Middle School class, for children in grades 5-8 or so, will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Dn. Nicholas will teach.
3. The class for adults and teens will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will focus on the fundamentals of the faith — the Creed and the Lord's Prayer — and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians. Dn. Nicholas and Fr. Seraphim will teach.

 


We are getting together at 10AM on Saturday to dig holes for tree stakes and clear tree debris. This is a fairly urgent task — we need to save our trees! — and your help is valued.

There are several other tasks that need to be done as well. Let us know if you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
 

 



Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.
  • The suffering people of Minot, ND

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.



Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

PLEASE NOTE that we will serve Paraklesis (supplicatary service, moleben) in honor of the Theotokos during all days of the Dormition fast that we do not otherwise have an evening service.

This fast is short (2 weeks) and intense, and is a good time to increase our prayer.

At all services, all parishioners, and also many others who are friends of the parish, etc, will be commemorated by name several times.

We will sing either the small of great supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, in the beautiful Byzantine melody that many of us know.


Saturday 8/20

  • 10AM Landscaping workday – digging tree stakes and clearing debris
  • 3PM Church Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/21

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School, Sisterhood Meeting
  • 6PM Paraklesis

Monday 8/22

  • 7:30PM Paraklesis

Wednesday 8/24

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 8/25

  • 9AM Liturgy
  • 7PM Paraklesis

Friday 8/26

  • 7PM Paraklesis

Saturday 8/27

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/28. Dormition of the Theotokos.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School

Fasting in the Coming weeks

The Dormition fast begins on Sunday 8/14 and continues until Sunday 8/28, the Feast of Dormition. Wine and Oil are allowed on weekends. Fish is allowed on Friday, 8/19, the feast of the Transfiguration. There is no fasting on the feast of Dormition, Sunday 8/28.

 

Links: Transfiguration, Dormition

Transfiguration Human nature in the Midst of the Divine Luke 9:28-36.

We say today, brothers and sisters, that humanity can meet Divinity; Humanity can see Divinity; Humanity can be part of Divinity.

In the Old Testament Moses, saw the back parts of God; he was hidden in the cleft of a rock; he didn’t see that much [1]. But now, face to face, man is with God. Jesus Christ showing He is fully God, shining as the light.

Did you notice something in this historic and prophetic event? Moses and Elias, were conversing with Him, speaking of His decease: That was for the disciples to remember so that they would overwhelmed by the upcoming passion of our Lord….


Questions and answers about the Scripture read on the Transfiguration.

All ten questions are at http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration-scripture_1.html

This Scripture is very important to understand well.

Here are questions 1-3, all about the important verse: "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray." (LUKE 9:28)

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-1-3/


Questions 4-7 are here:

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-4-7/

They cover the verses:

" And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. " (Luke 9:29)

"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: {31} Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. " (Luke 9:20-31)


Questions 8-10 are here: http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/06/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-8-10/

They discuss:

How did Jesus' Transfiguration prepare the apostles for His subsequent crucifixion?

"But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: " (vs. 32)

"And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. " (Luke 9:36)


 

Here are lots more Questions and Answers about the Feast of the Transfiguration.



Here is a short talk about the Dormition of the Theotokos.

  • Dormition means falling asleep
  • The Story.
  • A balanced view.
  • The intercession of the Theotokos.
  • Heresies about the Theotokos:

    • The heresy of the Theotokos as "co-mediatrix"
    • The heresies of The "Immaculate Conception" and "Original Sin" are discussed at length. VERY IMPORTANT!
  • The ever-virginity of the Theotokos explained.

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.mp3


 

2009
Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh

SYNOPSIS:We can learn what the church values most about the Theotokos from the Dormition Troparion: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, / in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / Thou wast translated unto life, / thou who art the Mother of Life. // And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

Dormition Troparion, Kontakion & Exapostilarion, sung at St Nicholas.

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtFHdVdHotE


Explanation of the Dormition troparion

In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, /
in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. /
Thou wast translated unto life, /
thou who art the Mother of Life. //
And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

 

 

Text Homily.

We can learn almost everything that we need to know from listening and praying in the services.

The Dormition troparion, "In giving birth Thou did preserve Thy virginity," proclaims our belief, that the  Theotokos was a virgin before birth, during birth and after birth. And if you want to have this explained, then you do not understand. It is a mystery that we cannot understand, but the Church has been unanimous about this for well over a millennium, almost two millennia. …

The entire troparion is explained.

Also in audio: LISTEN NOW


 

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.mp3

 




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Electronic Newsletter August 1/14 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

August 1/14

9th Sunday after Pentecost

Procession of the Cross / Holy Maccabees

 

The Transfiguration of the Savior

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week

Links related to Transfiguration, Dormition


Announcements

We will beginning our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

1. The Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so, will meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Matushka Marina will teach this class again.
2. The Middle School class, for children in grades 5-8 or so, will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Dn. Nicholas will teach.
3. The class for adults and teens will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will focus on the fundamentals of the faith — the Creed and the Lord's Prayer — and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians. Dn. Nicholas and Fr. Seraphim will teach.

 



If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.



Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.
  • The suffering people of Minot, ND

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.



Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

PLEASE NOTE that we will serve Paraklesis (supplicatary service, moleben) in honor of the Theotokos during all days of the Dormition fast that we do not otherwise have an evening service.

This fast is short (2 weeks) and intense, and is a good time to increase our prayer.

At all services, all parishioners, and also many others who are friends of the parish, etc, will be commemorated by name several times.

We will sing either the small of great supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, in the beautiful Byzantine melody that many of us know.


Saturday 8/13

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/14. First day of Dormition Fast. Procession of the Holy Cross.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School
  • 6PM Paraklesis

Monday 8/15

  • 7:30PM Paraklesis

Wednesday 8/17

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 8/18

  • 9AM Liturgy
  • 7PM Vigil

Friday 8/19. Transfiguration of our Lord.

  • 9AM Liturgy
  • 7PM Paraklesis

Saturday 8/20

  • 3PM Church Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/21

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School, Sisterhood Meeting
  • 6PM Paraklesis

Fasting in the Coming weeks

The Dormition fast begins on Sunday 8/14 and continues until Sunday 8/28, the Feast of Dormition. Wine and Oil are allowed on weekends. Fish is allowed on Friday, 8/19, the feast of the Transfiguration.

 

Links: Transfiguration, Dormition

Transfiguration Human nature in the Midst of the Divine Luke 9:28-36.

We say today, brothers and sisters, that humanity can meet Divinity; Humanity can see Divinity; Humanity can be part of Divinity.

In the Old Testament Moses, saw the back parts of God; he was hidden in the cleft of a rock; he didn’t see that much [1]. But now, face to face, man is with God. Jesus Christ showing He is fully God, shining as the light.

Did you notice something in this historic and prophetic event? Moses and Elias, were conversing with Him, speaking of His decease: That was for the disciples to remember so that they would overwhelmed by the upcoming passion of our Lord….


Questions and answers about the Scripture read on the Transfiguration.

All ten questions are at http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration-scripture_1.html

This Scripture is very important to understand well.

Here are questions 1-3, all about the important verse: "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray." (LUKE 9:28)

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-1-3/


Questions 4-7 are here:

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-4-7/

They cover the verses:

" And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. " (Luke 9:29)

"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: {31} Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. " (Luke 9:20-31)


Questions 8-10 are here: http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/06/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-8-10/

They discuss:

How did Jesus' Transfiguration prepare the apostles for His subsequent crucifixion?

"But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: " (vs. 32)

"And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. " (Luke 9:36)


 

Here are lots more Questions and Answers about the Feast of the Transfiguration.



Here is a short talk about the Dormition of the Theotokos.

  • Dormition means falling asleep
  • The Story.
  • A balanced view.
  • The intercession of the Theotokos.
  • Heresies about the Theotokos:
    • The heresy of the Theotokos as "co-mediatrix"
    • The heresies of The "Immaculate Conception" and "Original Sin" are discussed at length. VERY IMPORTANT!
  • The ever-virginity of the Theotokos explained.

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.mp3


 

2009
Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh
SYNOPSIS:We can learn what the church values most about the Theotokos from the Dormition Troparion: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, / in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / Thou wast translated unto life, / thou who art the Mother of Life. // And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

Dormition Troparion, Kontakion & Exapostilarion, sung at St Nicholas.

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtFHdVdHotE


Explanation of the Dormition troparion

In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, /
in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. /
Thou wast translated unto life, /
thou who art the Mother of Life. //
And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

 

 

Text Homily.

We can learn almost everything that we need to know from listening and praying in the services.

The Dormition troparion, "In giving birth Thou did preserve Thy virginity," proclaims our belief, that the  Theotokos was a virgin before birth, during birth and after birth. And if you want to have this explained, then you do not understand. It is a mystery that we cannot understand, but the Church has been unanimous about this for well over a millennium, almost two millennia. …

The entire troparion is explained.

Also in audio: LISTEN NOW


 

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.mp3

 




 

 

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    Electronic Newsletter July 25 / Aug 7 8th Sunday after Pentecost

    Thursday, August 4th, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

    McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    July 25 / Aug 7

    8th Sunday after Pentecost

    Dormition of St. Anna

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week


    Announcements

    We will beginning our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

    1. The Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so, will meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Matushka Marina will teach this class again.
    2. The Middle School class, for children in grades 5-8 or so, will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Dn. Nicholas will teach.
    3. The class for adults and teens will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will focus on the fundamentals of the faith — the Creed and the Lord's Prayer — and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians. Dn. Nicholas and Fr. Seraphim will teach.

     



    If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

    We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.



    Prayer Requests

    For the Health and Salvation.

    • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
    • David
    • Elizabeth
    • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
    • The suffering people of East Japan.
    • The suffering people of Minot, ND

    For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.



    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 8/6

    • 3PM Pannykhida — 75th Anniversary of the Repose of Blessed Metropolitan Anthony (Krapovitsky)
    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 8/7

    • 8AM Baptism
    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

     

    Monday 8/8

     

    • 7:30PM Molieben

    Wednesday 8/10

    • 7PM Vespers

    Thursday 8/11

    • 9AM Liturgy

    Saturday 8/13

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 8/14. First day of Dormition Fast. Procession of the Holy Cross.

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
    • 12:45PM Sunday School

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    This week we abstain from animal products, wine and oil on Wednesday and Friday. The Dormition fast begins on Sunday 8/14 and continues until Sunday 8/28, the Feast of Dormition.

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    Electronic Newsletter July 18/31 7th Sunday after Pentecost

    Thursday, July 28th, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

    McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    July 18/31

    7th Sunday after Pentecost

    Fathers of the 1st Six Ecumenical Councils

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week


    Announcements

    Father Seraphim will be on vacation for one week, from Wednesday July 27 until Thursday August 4. During this time, Wednesday and Thursday services will be cancelled, and all other services will be held as reader's services. See the calendar below for details.


     

    We will beginning our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

    1. Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so.
    2. Middle School class for children in grades 5-8 or so.
    3. Class for Adults and Older Children, focusing on the fundamentals of the faith — the dogmas we confess and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians.

     



    If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

    We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.



    Prayer Requests

    For the Health and Salvation.

    • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
    • David
    • Elizabeth
    • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
    • The suffering people of East Japan.
    • The suffering people of Minot, ND

    For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.



    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 7/30 

    • 5PM Reader's Vigil

    Sunday 7/31

    • 10AM Hours and Typica

    Monday 8/1

    • 7:30PM Akathist

    Saturday 8/6

    • 3PM Pannykhida — 7th Anniversary of the Repose of Blessed Metropolitan Anthony (Krapovitsky)
    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 8/7

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    Fasting is "normal" now. We abstain from animal products, wine and oil on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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    Electronic Newsletter July 11/24 6th Sunday after Pentecost

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

    McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    July 11/24

    6th Sunday after Pentecost

    Sts. Euphemia and Olga

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week


    Announcements

    Father Seraphim will be on vacation for one week, from Wednesday July 27 until Thursday August 4. During this time, Wednesday and Thursday services will be cancelled, and all other services will be held as reader's services. See the calendar below for details.


     

    We will beginning our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

    1. Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so.
    2. Middle School class for children in grades 5-8 or so.
    3. Class for Adults and Older Children, focusing on the fundamentals of the faith — the dogmas we confess and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians.

     



    If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

    We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.



    Prayer Requests

    For the Health and Salvation.

    • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
    • David
    • Elizabeth
    • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
    • The suffering people of East Japan.
    • The suffering people of Minot, ND

    For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.



    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 7/23 

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 7/24

    • 8:30AM Baptism of Marlene and Tina
    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

    Monday 7/25

    • 7:30PM Molieben

    Saturday 7/30 

    • 5PM Reader's Vigil

    Sunday 7/31

    • 10AM Hours and Typica

    Monday 8/1

    • 7:30PM Akathist

    Saturday 8/6

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 8/7

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    Fasting is "normal" now. We abstain from animal products, wine and oil on Wednesdays and Fridays.



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    Electronic Newsletter June 6/19 All Saints of North America

    Friday, July 1st, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    June 6/19

    All Saints of North America

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week

    For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 

    (1 Pet 2:20)

     


    Announcements

    On Sunday, July 17th, we will be holding a fund-raising event to fund the construction of our covered porch, which we hope will provide a much-needed expansion to our dining space. Igumen Gregory from St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decator will present a talk about "Prayer and its Practice." The talk will take place across the street at the Bingham House. Parishioners are encouraged to attend;

    Tickets will not be available at the door. They may be purchased unto July 2nd at www.orthodox.net.

    Parishioners are also asked, if possible, to help provide the complementary refreshments during the talk. Emails have been sent out to the St. Julianna Sisterhood list with suggested menu items that need to be provided. If you have any questions, contact Elaine King. .

     


     

    If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

    We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
     


     

    Prayer Requests

    For the Health and Salvation.

    • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
    • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
    • David
    • Elizabeth
    • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
    • The suffering people of East Japan.

    For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
     


     

    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 7/2 St. John of San Francisco

    • 9AM Divine Liturgy for St. John
    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 7/3 All Saints of North America

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday 7/6

    • 7:00PM Vespers

    Thursday 7/7 Nativity of St. John the Baptist

    • 9AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday 7/9 

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 7/10

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    The fast of the Holy Apostles will continue until the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29 / July 12. During this time, we abstain from meat, dairy and egg products. Fish is eaten on weekends only. Wine and cooking oil are used on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and certain days in honor of major saints.

    This week, Fish is allowed on Thursday in honor of St John the Baptist.

     

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    Electronic Newsletter June 6/19 All Saints of Russia

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    June 6/19

    All Saints of Russia

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week
    Links related to the coming week

    Wherefore, seeing we also are encompassed

    with so great a cloud of witnesses,

    let us lay aside every weight,

    and the sin which doth so easily beset [us],

    and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

    Looking to Jesus

    the author and finisher of [our] faith.

    (Heb 12:1-2)

     


    Announcements

    On Sunday, July 17th, we will be holding a fund-raising event to fund the construction of our covered porch, which we hope will provide a much-needed expansion to our dining space. Igumen Gregory from St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decator will present a talk about "Prayer and its Practice." The talk will take place across the street at the Bingham House. Parishioners are encouraged to attend;

    Tickets will not be available at the door. They may be purchased unto July 2nd at www.orthodox.net.

    Parishioners are also asked, if possible, to help provide the complementary refreshments during the talk. Emails have been sent out to the St. Julianna Sisterhood list with suggested menu items that need to be provided. If you have any questions, contact Elaine King. .


     

    The brotherhood (and everybody else who is interested) is reminded that Saturday, July 4th is the feast day of our brotherhood patron, St. John of San Francisco. We will have Vigil Friday night and Liturgy Saturday morning, and a brotherhood meeting over lunch.

     


     

    If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

    We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
     


     

    Prayer Requests

    For the Health and Salvation.

    • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
    • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
    • David
    • Elizabeth
    • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
    • The suffering people of East Japan.

    For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
     


     

    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 6/25

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 6/26 All Saints of Russia

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
    • 12:45PM Church School

    Monday 6/27

    • 7:30PM Moleben

    Wednesday 6/29

    • 7:00PM Vespers

    Thursday 6/30

    • 9AM Divine Liturgy

    Friday 7/1

    • 7PM Vigil for St. John

    Saturday 7/2 St. John of San Francisco

    • 9AM Divine Liturgy for St. John
    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 7/3 New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
    • 12:45PM Church School

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    The fast of the Holy Apostles will continue until the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29 / July 12. During this time, we abstain from meat, dairy and egg products. Fish is eaten on weekends only. Wine and cooking oil are used on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and certain days in honor of major saints.

    This week, Fish will be allowed on Tuesday in honor of the St. Jonah of Moscow.

    LINKS

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    Electronic Newsletter June 6/19 Sunday of All Saints

    Sunday, June 19th, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    June 6/19

    Sunday of All Saints

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week
    Links related to the coming week

    Wherefore, seeing we also are encompassed

    with so great a cloud of witnesses,

    let us lay aside every weight,

    and the sin which doth so easily beset [us],

    and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

    Looking to Jesus

    the author and finisher of [our] faith.

    (Heb 12:1-2)

     


    Announcements

    On Sunday, July 17th, we will be holding a fund-raising event to fund the construction of our covered porch, which we hope will provide a much-needed expansion to our dining space. Igumen Gregory from St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decator will present a talk about "Prayer and its Practice." The talk will take place across the street at the Bingham House. Parishioners are encouraged to attend;

    Tickets will not be available at the door. They may be purchased unto July 2nd at www.orthodox.net.

    Parishioners are also asked, if possible, to help provide the complementary refreshments during the talk. Emails have been sent out to the St. Julianna Sisterhood list with suggested menu items that need to be provided. If you have any questions, contact Elaine King. .


     

     

    The brotherhood (and everybody else who is interested) is reminded that Saturday, July 4th is the feast day of our brotherhood patron, St. John of San Francisco. We will have Vigil Friday night and Liturgy Saturday morning, and a brotherhood meeting over lunch.

     


     

    If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

    We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
     

     


     

    Prayer Requests

    For the Health and Salvation.

    • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
    • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
    • David
    • Elizabeth
    • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
    • The suffering people of East Japan.

    For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
     


     

    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 6/18

    • 3PM Parish Council Meeting
    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 6/19 Sunday of All Saints

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
    • 12:45PM Sisterhood Meeting

    Monday 6/20

     

     

    • 7:30PM Moleben

    Wednesday 6/22

    • 7:00PM Vespers

    Thursday 6/23

    • 9AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday 6/25

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 6/26 All Saints of Russia

    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
    • 12:45PM Church School

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    The Fast of the Apostles begins on Monday, June 20th! Our Lord said of his disciples that "when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast." The Paschal period is over. The Holy Spirit has come. The feast of All Saints has challenged us to "run with patience the race that is set before us," in obedience to our Lord's command to "be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect." And one necessary tool in our struggle to conform ourselves to the Image of Christ is… Fasting with Prayer.

    The fast of the Holy Apostles will continue until the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29 / July 12. During this time, we abstain from meat, dairy and egg products. Fish is eaten on weekends only. Wine and cooking oil are used on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and certain days in honor of major saints.

    This week, Fish will be allowed on Friday in honor of the Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabus.

    LINKS

     

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